Sam Hatton

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Sam Hatton
Personal information
Full name Samuel William Hatton[1]
Date of birth (1988-02-07) 7 February 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth St Albans, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[2]
Playing position Defender / Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Aldershot Town
Number 7
Youth career
2003–2005 Stevenage Borough
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Stevenage Borough 1 (0)
2006 Northwood (loan) 5 (1)
2006 Yeading (loan) 6 (1)
2006 Maidenhead United (loan) 3 (0)
2006 Diss Town (loan) ? (?)
2007 Yeading (loan) 1 (0)
2007–2012 AFC Wimbledon 197 (22)
2012–2014 Grimsby Town 57 (3)
2014– Aldershot Town 0 (0)
National team
2010– England C 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:16, 3 May 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18:30, 1 September 2011 (UTC)

Samuel William "Sam" Hatton (born 7 February 1988) is an English professional footballer who plays for Aldershot Town as a defender.

Having started his career with Stevenage Borough, he spent time on loan with Northwood, Yeading, Maidenhead United and Diss Town before moving to AFC Wimbledon in 2007 where he notched up 197 league appearances and 22 goals, also helping them earn promotion to the Football League in 2011. He joined Grimsby Town in 2012 where he remained for two seasons.

Sam is known for being able to slot in anywhere among the back 4 and also centre mid, he is also known for being extremely comfortable on the ball and his crossing ability and his set piece ability

Club career[edit]

Stevenage Borough[edit]

Born in St Albans, Hertfordshire, Hatton progressed through the ranks of the Stevenage Borough academy but only made one first team appearance for the Conference National side. His time at Stevenage was frustrating, as he was loaned out a total of five times between 2006 and 2007.[3][4]

AFC Wimbledon[edit]

In the 2007–8 pre-season, Hatton was signed by AFC Wimbledon.[5] He performed consistently over the course of five seasons, at first in midfield before converting to right back and was a part of three promotions, including the historic season that saw the club's promotion to the Football League. He was the club's longest serving player,[6] having made 197 league appearances up to the end of the 2011–12 season.

In May 2011, he was voted by the Wimbledon Independent Supporters Association as player of the 2010–11 season.[7]

On 15 May 2012, Hatton was released by AFC Wimbledon.[8] Manager Terry Brown announced through the AFC Wimbledon website that the club would not take up an option to extend Hatton's contract for the 2012–13 season. Brown described this as: "Definitely one of the hardest decisions I have had to make as a manager."[9]

Grimsby Town[edit]

On 23 June 2012, Hatton signed a two-year contract with Conference Premier side Grimsby Town.[10] He was primarily used as Grimsby's first choice right back for both the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons. Both seasons ended with the club being defeated in the Conference Play-off semi finals. He was amongst a number of players released on 9 May 2014.[11]

Aldershot Town[edit]

After being released by Grimsby Town, Hatton signed for fellow Conference Premier club Aldershot Town in July 2014.[12]

International career[edit]

During his time with AFC Wimbledon in the Conference Premier, Hatton appeared twice for England C,[13] playing in matches against the Republic of Ireland U23[14] in 2010 and Belgium U23[15] in 2011. Hatton was called up to the England C team again in 2012.[16]

Having featured in two out of five of Grimsby's games, Hatton was named in the England C squad to face Belgium in Brussels on Wednesday 12 September in an International Challenge Trophy game.[16]

Honours[edit]

AFC Wimbledon

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Search 1837 to 2006 – Birth, Marriage and Death indexes". Findmypast.com. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Player Profile". Grimsby Town F.C. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Player Profile". Northwood Football Club. 29 July 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "The Independent Football Database". Soccer Facts UK. 29 July 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "HATTON TIPPED TO MAKE BIG DONS' IMPACT". Non League Daily. 18 July 2007. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "Summer Squad Review Part II – Defence". Anonymous Don. 18 July 2011. Retrieved 14 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "Keeper Brown claims three Dons awards". This is Local London. 2 May 2011. Retrieved 14 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "Dons knock-out for Hatton". Sky Sports. 15 May 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  9. ^ "Squad update: Sam Hatton is released". AFC Wimbledon Football Club. 15 May 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "Hatton Completes Town Move". Grimsby Town Football Club. 25 June 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  11. ^ http://www.thefishy.co.uk/story.php?id=8502625
  12. ^ http://www.nonleaguedaily.com/latest-transfer-news/shots-conclude-deal-for-versatile-midfielder-hatton.html
  13. ^ "Player Profile – England C". Football Association. Retrieved 27 August 2011. 
  14. ^ "England C get their ICT campaign off to a winning start.". The FA. 27 May 2010. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  15. ^ "Matt the Hatter sees off Belgium". The FA. 9 February 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  16. ^ a b "Town Duo Get England Call". Grimsby Town Football Club. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 

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